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Taurus Constellation Linocut in Silver on Black - Constellations of the Zodiac Lino Block Print Collection - Taurus the Bull

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The silver stars and silhouette of Taurus the bull are illustrated in this handmade block print. I printed an edition of eight prints, 7.5 inches by 10 inches (19 cm by 24.8 cm) on lovely, handmade, Japanese kozo (or mulberry) paper with a deckle edge. The word Taurus and symbol ♉ appear at the top of the image. The lines linking the constellation appear in black-on-silver or silver-on-black as appropriate.

Taurus is one of the oldest constellation. It contains the bright clusters Hyades (on the face of the bull) and the Pleiades (on its shoulder), as well as the red giant star, Aldebaran (the bull's right eye), all of which can be clearly seen with the naked eye. This grouping of stars has been recognized and interpreted as a bull since the Bronze Age, in the mythologies of Ancient Greece, Egypt and Babylon. It is one of 48 constellations recognized by Ptolemy. Since Taurus is one of the prominent constellations which crosses the ecliptic, it is one of the signs of the Western zodiac. If you imagined all celestial bodies we see in the night sky as mapped onto a sphere (the Celestial Sphere) around our Earth, the ecliptic would be the line you would draw to map the apparent path of the Sun through the various constellations. The ecliptic is marked as the dashed line in this print.

The constellation overhead at a person's birth was thought to provide insight into their character and fate. Well into the Renaissance, medical doctors were expected to be trained in astrology, as it was deemed an important diagnostic tool. Though today, astronomy tells us that Sun now appears in the constellation Taurus from May 14 to June 22, the traditional dates which determine a Taurean 'sun sign' are April 21 to May 20.
The silver stars and silhouette of Taurus the bull are illustrated in this handmade block print. I printed an edition of eight prints, 7.5 inches by 10 inches (19 cm by 24.8 cm) on lovely, handmade, Japanese kozo (or mulberry) paper with a deckle edge. The word Taurus and symbol ♉ appear at the top of the image. The lines linking the constellation appear in black-on-silver or silver-on-black as appropriate.

Taurus is one of the oldest constellation. It contains the bright clusters Hyades (on the face of the bull) and the Pleiades (on its shoulder), as well as the red giant star, Aldebaran (the bull's right eye), all of which can be clearly seen with the naked eye. This grouping of stars has been recognized and interpreted as a bull since the Bronze Age, in the mythologies of Ancient Greece, Egypt and Babylon. It is one of 48 constellations recognized by Ptolemy. Since Taurus is one of the prominent constellations which crosses the ecliptic, it is one of the signs of the Western zodiac. If you imagined all celestial bodies we see in the night sky as mapped onto a sphere (the Celestial Sphere) around our Earth, the ecliptic would be the line you would draw to map the apparent path of the Sun through the various constellations. The ecliptic is marked as the dashed line in this print.

The constellation overhead at a person's birth was thought to provide insight into their character and fate. Well into the Renaissance, medical doctors were expected to be trained in astrology, as it was deemed an important diagnostic tool. Though today, astronomy tells us that Sun now appears in the constellation Taurus from May 14 to June 22, the traditional dates which determine a Taurean 'sun sign' are April 21 to May 20.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed by Katie Nush
5 out of 5 stars
Mar 19, 2018
its beautiful! very cute and packed well, somehow arrived slightly creased in the middle? I love it nonetheless
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Reviewed by Jay Wendy
5 out of 5 stars
Mar 2, 2018
Love it! It’s perfect and just what we were looking for.
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Reviewed by lks61
5 out of 5 stars
Feb 18, 2018
I love this rhino linocut! I can't wait to get it framed & hung.
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Taurus Constellation Linocut in Silver on Black - Constellations of the Zodiac Lino Block Print Collection - Taurus the Bull

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  • Handmade item
  • Height: 10 Inches
  • Width: 7.5 Inches
  • Materials: ink, paper, linoleum, Japanese kozo paper, washi
  • Feedback: 367 reviews
  • Favorited by: 23 people
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